There’s a lot of good and a lot of bad going on lately with the San Jose Sharks.
That’s about right for a Sharks squad that’s 7-8-3 over their last 18 games after a franchise-worst 0-5-0 start to the 2022-23 NHL season.
There are the obvious positives and negatives about the San Jose Sharks’ recent play: Their 3.33 Goals Per Game is 11th in the NHL in this stretch, their 3.50 Goals Against Per Game is 24th.
But let’s pop the hood and take look deeper at what has gone right and what has gone wrong with the Sharks.
Defending Slot Passes
Coach David Quinn has got the San Jose Sharks playing a zone defense, a departure from the man-to-man defense that they’ve employed going back to Todd MacLellan.
It has worked, at least when San Jose is able to get their defense set. Per SPORTLOGiQ, from Oct. 20 to Nov. 21, a stretch of 16 contests, the Sharks were sixth-best in the NHL, giving up 10.7 Slot Passes Against Per Game at Even Strength.
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